The Gloversville (NY) city council unanimously approved the nearly $1 million purchase of a new ladder truck for the Fire Department.
The midmount quint aerial platform truck will have a ladder that extends at least 95 feet.
The council awarded the bid to Sutphen Corp. for $979,583. Both Rosenbauer and E-One provided lower bids, but upon review of the bids, the city determined they failed to meet the city’s specifications.
Mayor Dayton King said the city would be able to afford the purchase. He said the city could use some of the $3.5 million in the general fund for a down payment and borrow for the rest.
Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam said it will take approximately a year before the new truck will be available to add to the fleet.
The federal government denied the department grant money for a ladder truck for five years in a row.
The city needed a truck with an aerial platform with pumping capabilities that includes at least a 95-foot aerial ladder, a 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump, and a tank capacity of 500 gallons.
The quint aerial platform combines functions of a typical engine pump and an aerial ladder, the chief said.
The Johnstown Fire Department, which has an aerial truck paid for in part with federal money, now is on standby to respond to fires in Gloversville.
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